31 Gate Construction Materials Group | Jacksonville, Fla.
A subsidiary of Gate Petroleum, concrete was Gate's first foray away from petroleum and resulted from the need to diversify after the 1972 oil crisis. Aside from eight concrete plants in Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Texas, Gate owns four private clubs and is active in the real estate market in the Southeast U.S. In 2008, Gate Construction elevated Dean Gwin to president and chief operating officer; Joe Luke, the former COO, stepped down and took a place on the board of directors and became chairman of Gate Construction. www.gateprecast.com32 Tindall Corp. | Spartanburg, S.C.
Producer manufactures precast and pre-stressed concrete systems. The company makes modular prison cells and underground structures. In 2008, it opened a $26 million precast, prestressed concrete plant in Moss Point, Miss., to replace its Biloxi plant that was battered by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The facility was built with help from the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act, which offers economic incentive to rebuild in the Gulf area after the hurricane. Tindall also is building a new plant in San Antonio. www.tindallcorp.com33 Cardi Corp. | Warwick, R.I.
Ready-mix accounts for one-half of business; asphalt makes up the rest. Cardi is the largest provider of construction services in Rhode Island, the smallest state. It is completing construction on Cumberland's School Street Bridge this summer, and its work on the Great Road Bridge in Rhode Island is slated to be finished next year. www.cardi.com34 High Concrete Group | Denver, Pa.
Nation's leading producer of precast concrete parking structures had a record income year in 2008. The group was founded in 1956 as Kurtz Precast Corp., and was bought by the High Companies in 1977. In 2008, High promoted senior vp of operations at High Industries, Jeffrey Smith, to president of High Concrete; former leader Thomas McEvoy became executive vp of the group. High Concrete serves the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast. It supplied concrete for Citi Field, the new home of the New York Mets. www.highconcrete.com35 Lattimore Materials | McKinney, Texas
Considers its “team of dedicated, committed professionals” its greatest strength. That team includes 14 people who have been with Lattimore for more than 25 years, and four who have been at the company for more than 30 years. The producer has grown to operate five aggregate mines, 22 ready-mix plants and more than 400 ready-mix trucks. Seventy percent of business is ready-mix; aggregate and trucking combine to make up the other 30%. Web site says Lattimore makes an effort to create usable and desirable land after it uses it to mine. www.lmctx.com36 Harper Industries | Paducah, Ky.
In addition to Kentucky, Harper operates in Nashville, Tenn., and Houston. President Billy Harper, was named to the Kentucky Commission on Philanthropy in 2008. Company's eight subsidiaries include Harper Construction, Federal Materials, Metro Ready Mix, and Frontier Materials. Harper does work on military bases throughout the U.S. It established Harper University to help its employees receive better training and higher education. www.harper1.com37 Cemstone | Mendota Heights, Minn.
Producer is providing 15,000 yards of concrete for a $37 million transit project in Minneapolis after the city chose concrete over asphalt for the construction. In the bidding for the downtown project, concrete came within 5% of the cost of asphalt, which was close enough to convince the city. Along with a network of ready-mix plants in the upper Midwest, Cemstone operates aggregate facilities and contractor supply stores. www.cemstone.com38 Meadow Valley | Phoenix
MVCI is a heavy construction contractor and parent company of Ready Mix Inc., with operations concentrated around Phoenix and Las Vegas. Ready Mix Inc. supplies ready-mix and aggregates from seven permanent ready-mix batch plants and three sand and gravel crushing and screening facilities. Recent projects include the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Arizona and the 224-room Fiesta hotel in Nevada. The company is currently making improvements to several major roads in the Las Vegas and Phoenix areas, which incorporate concrete pavement, bridges, box culverts, and retaining walls. www.meadowvalley.com39 Metromont Corp. | Greenville, S.C.
Has provided precast concrete to the Southeast U.S. for more than 75 years, including the NFL's Carolina Panthers' Bank of America stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Producer offers free lunch seminars in South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia, where participants can earn a health, safety, and welfare credit for attending. President Rick Pennel is the third generation to run Metromont. The company donated $2.5 million to Clemson University to honor his father in naming the Richard H. Pennell Center for Real Estate Development. www.metromontusa.com40 Fabcon Inc. | Savage, Minn.
Manufactures precast concrete wall panels in Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. Has received recent media attention and awards for its energy saving and environmental efforts. These include incorporating coal ash, recycled tires, and plastic into products that use less energy to make, installing a stormwater treatment facility that won an award from the Minnesota chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, incorporating a new lightweight thin brick into its precast walls that is more energy-efficient, and buying foam billets from a recycling program that could keep at least 3 million pounds of polystyrene out of landfills every year. www.fabcon-usa.com